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Lawton, OK 73505

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CATARACT SURGERY

Thanks to huge medical advances, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today.

Modern cataract microsurgery involves removing the clouded natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens implant to restore your vision. Today's technologies have made both the surgery itself and the replacement lens safer and more effective than ever.

The procedure itself is performed right here in our dedicated, state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, The Cataract Center of Lawton. Our surgical center is the only center in Texoma dedicated to vision care procedures.

In addition, we're proud to be the only facility in Texoma to offer our patients the option of Laser Cataract Surgery, presently the most advanced procedure used in the treatment of cataracts. Now patients have the option of choosing this bladeless, computer-controlled refractive cataract laser to perform several of the most critical steps of cataract surgery.

Whether you choose advanced Laser Cataract Surgery, or traditional cataract treatment, cataract surgery at the Young Eye Institute is designed to significantly improve the quality of your vision.

Once the cataract has been removed, the surgeon replaces the old, clouded lens of the eye with a new, artificial one to restore your vision. These lenses are commonly referred to as Intra-Ocular Lenses (IOLs).

Until recently, nearly everyone received basically the same type of IOL, but today, there are advanced choices that offer more options than ever before.

New Advanced Technology IOLs like the AcrySof® IQ Restor® lens can do even more than just cure cataracts. They can correct additional vision problems and offer excellent near, intermediate and distance vision - even without glasses or contacts. Our surgeon will work closely with you prior to your surgery to determine which IOL would be the most beneficial for the the restoration of your vision.

Modern cataract removal with lens implant usually takes less than thirty minutes to complete at the Young Eye Institute. Our "in-office" treatment means that you do not have to enter the hospital for treatment. This greatly reduces any expense, while allowing you to recover in the comfort of your own home. Your total time at our facility on the day of surgery is usually less than two and one-half hours.

 

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens inside your eye.

Cataracts are normally caused by the aging process. Currently, over sixty percent of the population over sixty years of age develop cataracts.

Much like the lens of a camera focuses light on the film, the lens of your eye focuses light on the back of your eye, or retina. These light images are transmitted to your brain, where vision occurs.

If the lens of the camera becomes dirty or fogged, then the picture taken by the camera will be hazy or blurred. Similarly, the clouding of the lens of your eye causes the light images focused on the retina of your eye to be blurred or cloudy.The LenSx® Laser

Cataract Symptoms

You may begin to notice problems with your vision at any time during the development of a cataract. People suffering from the initial symptoms of cataracts often describe it as though there is a "film" or "fog" over their eye. Others complain of being bothered by glare during sunny days, or by halos forming around lights at night.

As this cloudiness increases, even glasses will not correct the problem. The longer a cataract is allowed to develop, the greater the chances are that your vision can become completely blocked, thereby causing blindness.

Long before that point, however, the developing cataract will begin to impair many of your daily activities, such as:

When to Seek Treatment

Normal cataract development can vary from person to person. They usually develop over a long period of time, but there are cases when they can grow quite rapidly.

Today, you need not wait for the cataract to reach its mature stage before seeking treatment. Your best guideline for taking action is when the blurring from cataracts begins to interfere with your normal activities or with your work.